In his ruling, Berman didn't hold back with his criticism of the NFL, citing a previous lawsuit in stating that NFL commissioner essentially invented his "own brand of justice."
Berman cited the "law of the shop" in the NFL to give players advance notice of "prohibited conduct and of potential discipline" and pointed out that the NFL did not do that
"Because there was no notice of a four-game suspension in the circumstances presented here, Commissioner Goodell may be said to have 'dispense[d] his own brand of industrial justice,'" Berman wrote.
As we pointed out yesterday (via the help of labor attorney Tom Gies, a partner at Crowell & Moring), the biggest argument for Brady winning his case against the NFL was "a lack of notice."
This was the crux of Berman's ruling to vacate the NFL's suspension. His No. 1 reason for vacating the suspension was "inadequate notice to Brady of both his potential discipline (four- game suspension) and his alleged misconduct."
As a result of Berman's belief that Goodell and the NFL didn't give Brady notice, it appeared to him that the league was dishing out its own brand of justice.